My Mora Red Zed

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ajones13
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My Mora Red Zed

Post by ajones13 » Sun 04 Sep, 2016 17:53

Thought I'd post some pictures of my Mora Red zed. She's a year 2000 2.0 with 63K on the clock.

So far I've added some Calibre Vintage Wheels, fixed the headlight switch and restored the headlights. She also has a matching hard top.

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Re: My Mora Red Zed

Post by bentley-boy » Sun 04 Sep, 2016 19:31

That's nice - wheels wheely work well on it :)

Regards BB

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Re: My Mora Red Zed

Post by BILLZ3 » Sun 04 Sep, 2016 19:38

Really nice color combination love the wheels,nice job :cheers

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Re: My Mora Red Zed

Post by colb » Sun 04 Sep, 2016 19:51

Love the colour, wheels are bling
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Re: My Mora Red Zed

Post by NZ00Z3 » Sun 04 Sep, 2016 21:59

Snap, same year, colour and engine size.

I love them too. Not many of them around. Mine's ex UK and likely the only one in New Zealand.

Always interested in finding out how many Mora Red Z'3

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Re: My Mora Red Zed

Post by therealdb1 » Sun 04 Sep, 2016 23:25

I have one so that's at least three. The millenium year appears to be when BMW produced most of the Mora's unless someone knows different.
It's a bit difficult to tell the colour of mine at present as it's covered in dust created by our builder and I really must replace the rusty rear wing and de-corrode the wing mirrors which was meant to be last winter's project that I never got around to!

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Re: My Mora Red Zed

Post by ajones13 » Sun 04 Sep, 2016 23:35

Thanks guys.

Yes they are really rare here too, don't think there are many Mora Editions. Would love it in Australia though!

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Re: My Mora Red Zed

Post by mrscalex » Mon 05 Sep, 2016 11:27

I went to see one in Swansea earlier in the year. It's a very, very pretty car inside and out.

This particular one had a few too many small parking knocks and scuffs adding up to it needing a lot of remedial work. But it would have been very worthwhile as it was otherwise a lovely solid car.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-Z3-2-0-Mo ... 2171058473
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1999 Z3 1.9 Boston Green (Dimitri) - My brother's car owned from new and restored by me
2001 Z3 2.2 Topaz Blue (Trudy) - My car rebuilt from a write-off
2002 Z3 2.2 Titan Silver (Okus) - Project car waiting for a new engine
2001 Z3 2.2 Topaz Blue (Debra) - Donor car/breaker
1998 Z3 1.9 Boston Green (Allsworth) - Donor car/breaker now gone to Z3 heaven
Always happy to try and help with spares :)

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Re: My Mora Red Zed

Post by ajones13 » Tue 06 Sep, 2016 14:59

That's the one I bought Mr Scalex !

I was happy enough to buy as it was all cosmetic with no rust, I spent about £500 getting her perfect. She's such an honest solid little car.

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Re: My Mora Red Zed

Post by mrscalex » Tue 06 Sep, 2016 15:41

ajones13 wrote:That's the one I bought Mr Scalex !

I was happy enough to buy as it was all cosmetic with no rust, I spent about £500 getting her perfect. She's such an honest solid little car.
Fancy that! My budget was £3.5k with remedial work estimated close to £1,000 which is why I didn't bid. But I am a tight git - especially as it came with a hard top! Also that was before I got the bodyshop specialists lined up I have now who generally do things for about 50% of the main shops. So £500 sounds about right! So I think you have a great deal for your total outlay.

I seem to remember there was also a fault with one of the door mechanisms and a couple of screw holes in a door card? Or am I imagining that?

Anyway, so little to do compared with most Z3s.

I've looked at loads of Z3s before and after and that's the only one I felt I may have let get away. Well that and the Pistachio Green 3.0 for £5k recently.

I'm not complaining though as I took a chance with the 2.2 I rebuilt from a write-off not having a clue how it drove but buoyed by the 61k mileage and internal condition. I've been very lucky and it drives like a dream. Just needs a little bit of minor fettling still.
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1999 Z3 1.9 Boston Green (Dimitri) - My brother's car owned from new and restored by me
2001 Z3 2.2 Topaz Blue (Trudy) - My car rebuilt from a write-off
2002 Z3 2.2 Titan Silver (Okus) - Project car waiting for a new engine
2001 Z3 2.2 Topaz Blue (Debra) - Donor car/breaker
1998 Z3 1.9 Boston Green (Allsworth) - Donor car/breaker now gone to Z3 heaven
Always happy to try and help with spares :)

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Re: My Mora Red Zed

Post by ajones13 » Tue 06 Sep, 2016 19:03

There was a fault with the handle needing slightly lifted up and a bit of pressure applied to open the door. A quick stop at the services on the way home and £2.99 for some WD40 sprayed into the door lock mechanism fixed that issue and has been fine ever since, pretty common e36 door handle problem :)

For the door card I sourced a black one at a local breakers for £20 and swapped over the leather. Was a very easy fix. Nice little car to work on and make perfect!

Also changed cam position sensor as it wasn't pulling quite right. Knew straight away on test drive it needed one. Swapped out and it drives like an absolute dream.
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Re: My Mora Red (Purple) Z3

Post by Metallic Mora » Thu 10 Nov, 2016 21:13

Hi Guys. Just found this Forum, so I'm a newbie logging in to say hello.
Found this thread interesting, as I too have one of these rare beasts :)
Like all others, mine is the 2 litre straight 6, with ivory leather trimmed in '
mora', A/C, heated seats etc. First owner had it for 10yrs, me for last 6. Spent
its entire life living in a cosy garage unless the sun is shining! 39,000 on the
clock and looks / runs beautifully. (The colour is just gorgeous in the sun)
I have trawled the internet and been unable to find out much about these
Limited Edition Z3s. The car was originally purchased from Trainers in Swansea
for £25,950 in April 2000. The previous owner believed that 80 of these r.h.d. ones
were imports into the UK, but I have not been able to verify this. A trip back to
Trainers BMW last year brought out some admiring comments, but there was
no one there from the year 2000, and on one knew any history....
Currently looking for a Z4 to replace the family Astra now kids are long gone,
before grandchildren start needing lifts !! Prob a 28i, pref blue with beige leather...
Will keep a watching brief should anyone find out more about the Mora model...
Cheers. Andy

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Re: My Mora Red (Purple) Z3

Post by bertiejaffa » Fri 11 Nov, 2016 10:16

Metallic Mora wrote:Hi Guys. Just found this Forum, so I'm a newbie logging in to say hello.
Found this thread interesting, as I too have one of these rare beasts :)
Like all others, mine is the 2 litre straight 6, with ivory leather trimmed in '
mora', A/C, heated seats etc. First owner had it for 10yrs, me for last 6. Spent
its entire life living in a cosy garage unless the sun is shining! 39,000 on the
clock and looks / runs beautifully. (The colour is just gorgeous in the sun)
I have trawled the internet and been unable to find out much about these
Limited Edition Z3s. The car was originally purchased from Trainers in Swansea
for £25,950 in April 2000. The previous owner believed that 80 of these r.h.d. ones
were imports into the UK, but I have not been able to verify this. A trip back to
Trainers BMW last year brought out some admiring comments, but there was
no one there from the year 2000, and on one knew any history....
Currently looking for a Z4 to replace the family Astra now kids are long gone,
before grandchildren start needing lifts !! Prob a 28i, pref blue with beige leather...
Will keep a watching brief should anyone find out more about the Mora model...
Cheers. Andy
welcome to the forum - the colour is stunning
Here come the girls.....
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Re: My Mora Red Zed

Post by NZ00Z3 » Fri 11 Nov, 2016 20:43

My Mora Z3 came out from the UK to New Zealand in 2005. Now has 101,000 miles on her. She was a bit of an abused car when I got her out of Auckland in January this year. Over the winter I fitted shocks/struts, control arms, suspension bushings, tie rods, new clutch, VANOS seals and fixed a multitude of other problems and worn out parts. She's now a sweet ride all ready for summer. Body work is a little rough with a lifetime worth of scratches and small dings etc from big city living, but that will have to wait.

I'm interested in sharing the VIN number of my car with other Mora owners and in return receive their Vin numbers. It would be interesting to get a list together.

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Re: My Mora Red Zed

Post by Del » Fri 11 Nov, 2016 22:19

I've always thought that this was a beautiful Z3 colour

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Re: My Mora Red Zed

Post by Rafolian » Sat 12 Nov, 2016 08:30

Nice wee yoke, love the colour! Never heard of mora red before!

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Re: My Mora Red Zed

Post by BonBon » Sat 12 Nov, 2016 18:37

Beauty - compliments the beautiful surrounding ;-)

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Re: My Mora Red Zed

Post by 4wheels » Sat 12 Nov, 2016 20:35

What did you restore the headlights with? did you buy different bulbs too?
ive got another car with crazed headlights and just wondered!

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Re: My Mora Red Zed

Post by ajones13 » Sun 13 Nov, 2016 23:18

Hi 4Wheels

I used the AutoGlym headlight restoration kit. I got mine in Halfords. Seemed to include more pads than the Meguires equivalent.

Thanks

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Selling a Mora Z3 -How does one price it ?

Post by Metallic Mora » Thu 11 May, 2017 21:41

Thought please from the experts, accepting the known "...its worth what you can get for it..."
.
Due to the arrival of my new toy (a beautiful S Drive 28i Z4 in deep sea metallic with ivory leather), my cherished Z3 Mora Edition with very low mileage (39,860) has got to go (...says the wife....).
Its a two owner car from new, always garaged with full set of MOTs and reasonable service history. One of only 80 ‘Mora Metallic’ special edition Z3s imported into the UK in 2000 according to the original owner. Features colour trimmed leather seats and mats, Air conditioning, heated/ electric seats, heated/electric mirrors, tonneau cover, Sony Bluetooth CD/radio. Everything is in good working order, with no rust and only a few very minor scratches. Super smooth ‘straight 6’ BMW engine – car drives ‘like new’ still.

Questions though.... With Z3s available from a grand to over £10K on AutoTrader for example, how on earth does one come up with a sensible selling price? (Perhaps seems a little naïve, but have only ever bought one car privately - this one... and never sold one!). Only Mora Edition I can see for sale currently anywhere sounds rather over-priced, probably as its on the forecourt at Sytner BMW, Coventry, at £8.500 !

Would £4,900 sound a more reasonable opening gambit for negotiating at sale time? Is AutoTrader a sensible place to start advertising rather than EBay ?

Any advice much appreciated. Many thanks. Andy

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Re: My Mora Red Zed

Post by NZ00Z3 » Thu 11 May, 2017 22:40

PM sent to you.

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Re: My Mora Red Zed

Post by Metallic Mora » Sun 14 May, 2017 09:39

Many thanks for sharing your expertise and advice NZ00Z3.
I float an advert out ASAP on the forum, and then look to advertise locally and on AdTrader also.
Would appreciate any help you might be able to offer is spreading this around any other Z3 forum boards you may be involved in too if possible?
Best wishes. Andy

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